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Eve Ball

Eve wanted to be remembered for her work in oral history. Following a lifelong fascination with the West, she moved to New Mexico to learn the histories of the Anglo, Spanish and Apache. She impressed upon each group the importance of preserving its heritage and gained the confidence of those around her. Though she did...

Dessie Sawyer

Dessie was National Democratic Committeewoman and New Mexico’s best known political figure for years, but she was first a rancher. She and her husband U.D. moved onto their ranch in 1928. With sheer determination and hard work, they paid off the mortgage on the ranch while the country struggled through the Depression. Dessie’s work in...

Sabra Lee Humphrey

Sabra’s artistic talent captures the history of the West and ranching on canvas, using knowledge acquired from growing up on a southwestern New Mexico ranch. Her early critics were the cowboys and old-timers who intimately knew the West and the animals in it. In her early years, she was discouraged from painting Western art in...

Bernice Walsh McLaughlin

Born in Canada in 1891, Bernice won the Canadian Rodeo Champion High Jump contest in 1911, setting a new record, on a borrowed cowpony. She was a natural horsewoman, winning numerous jumping contests and relay races. Raised doing ranch work, she and her husband homesteaded in New Mexico, and upon his death Bernice managed to...

Fern Sawyer

An all-around champion cowgirl, Fern was raised on a ranch where her father insisted she perform as well as the men if she was to help with the ranch work. Fern applied this same philosophy to her rodeo career, competing in men’s events in rodeos because she found women’s events too infrequent and uninspiring. Sawyer...
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